Media Center PC

Dell XPS One 24: All-in-one High-Def media PC

Dell XPS One 24: All-in-one High-Def media PC

Dell have taken the wraps off of their latest XPS computer, the 24-inch Dell XPS One 24 desktop PC.  Running at full 1080p 1920 x 1080 high-definition, the XPS One has optional Blu-ray for entertainment and high-capacity back-ups, together with a 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor and optional NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT video card.  Dell have also managed to pack in a 25W 2.1-channel JBL audio system.

 

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ASUS F8Va-C2WM, N50Vn and M50Vm laptops with integrated WiMAX

ASUS F8Va-C2WM, N50Vn and M50Vm laptops with integrated WiMAX

ASUS is the fourth notebook manufacturer to take the wraps off of a WiMAX-enabled laptop range today, joining Toshiba, Lenovo and Acer.  The company has three models with integrated support for Sprint's XOHM network, officially announced today, the F8Va-C2WM, N50Vn and M50Vm.  The former is a slick ultraportable while the latter two are media center laptops both with Blu-ray.

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Sony VAIO JS1: All-in-One with optional Blu-ray & high-def audio editing

Sony VAIO JS1: All-in-One with optional Blu-ray & high-def audio editing

Sony's VAIO JS series of all-in-one desktop PCs - which were announced last month - has been re-announced for Europe, together with some new spec details and photos.  Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 processor with 3GB of RAM, a 500GB hard-drive and WiFi b/g/n, the JS1's crowning glory is a 20.1-inch 1680 x 1050 X-black display with an Intel GMA X4500HD video card doing the business behind the scenes.

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Toshiba media server is straight from the future

Toshiba media server is straight from the future

So much has been coming out of CEATEC this week that we can hardly keep up. Take, for instance, this polygonal media player from Toshiba. It's more than just interesting-looking. It packs serious functionality that could change the way we think about wireless media.
 

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VidaBox RoomClientHD compact 1080p home media streamer

VidaBox RoomClientHD compact 1080p home media streamer

VidaBox have announced the RoomClientHD, a compact high-definition video streamer capable of receiving full 1080p and lossless audio from any of the company's media servers.  With an optional slot-loading Blu-ray drive, the RoomClientHD measures 6 x 6 x 2-inches but still manages to pack a DVI port for HDMI/DVI/VGA output, gigabit ethernet, six USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port and audio inputs and outputs.

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HP TouchSmart IQ800 media PC: Video Demo

HP TouchSmart IQ800 media PC: Video Demo

HP have taken the wraps off of their latest TouchSmart PC, the IQ800-series.  Two models make up the new range, the IQ804 and IQ816, the former having a 2.16GHz T5850 Core 2 Duo (667MHz bus, 2MB cache) while the latter has a 2.10GHz T8100 Core 2 Duo (800MHz bus, 3MB cache).  Each uses HP's TouchSmart interface on a 25.5-inch 1920 x 1200 display, which you can see demonstrated after the cut.  The IQ816 also has a Blu-ray burner and GeForce 9600M GS graphics, while the IQ804 makes do with DVD and GeForce 9300M GS graphics.

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Sony VAIO RT-series All-in-One HD Studio

Sony VAIO RT-series All-in-One HD Studio

Sony have high aspirations for their final VAIO All-in-One of the day, the RT-series.  They're calling it a HD Studio, "a super-powerful video authoring PC tucked behind a stunning 25.5-inch HDTV".  The RT is based on an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 processor running at up to 2.5GHz (6MB L2 cache), 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage in dual-SATA user-accessible RAID array; the display itself is 1920 x 1200 driven by an NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 512MB of dedicated VRAM.

Sony VAIO LV-series High-Definition PC/TV

Sony VAIO LV-series High-Definition PC/TV

Sony are describing their VAIO LV-series as a High-Definition PC/TV.  Not only is the LV a full desktop media PC, with a 24-inch WUXGA 1920 x 1200 FullHD LCD, up to a 3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 processor, 4GB of RAM and up to 1TB of 7,200rpm SATA storage, it has an HDMI input so that it can be used as a 1080p display.

Sony VAIO JS-series All-in-One Desktop PCs

Sony VAIO JS-series All-in-One Desktop PCs

Sony has announced its latest series of All-in-One VAIO desktop PCs, the JS-series, which the company envisages being used in kitchens and dens.  Based on a 3.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 processor with 4GB of RAM, a 500GB 7,200rpm hard-drive and a 20.1-inch LCD display, the JS-series will have optional Blu-ray.

Acer Aspire X1200 HTPC BIOS issue can kill HDMI

Acer Aspire X1200 HTPC BIOS issue can kill HDMI

Problems appear to be afoot with Acer's recently announced Aspire X1200 HTPC.  Several users are complaining that their network cards would go into sleep mode and then refuse to wake up without a restart; when told by Acer's tech support team to update the BIOS, the network issue is resolved but the HDMI output no longer works.

Next-Gen Gaming Consoles the Home Entertainment Gateway

Next-Gen Gaming Consoles the Home Entertainment Gateway

People interested in technology and home entertainment like to get their hands on the latest, greatest products. Before, it was all about having the top of the line DVD player, receiver and speaker system. And though those things still hold serious importance, there’s one product type that seems destined to swoop in on the home entertainment market. I’m talking about next-gen gaming consoles, the XBox 360 and PS3, in particular.

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Shuttle H7 barebones HTPC for AMD Phenom AM+ CPUs

Shuttle H7 barebones HTPC for AMD Phenom AM+ CPUs

In a year dominated by budget ultraportables and desktop-replacing laptops, it's easy to forget that there are plenty of users out there who are still looking for desktop and HTPC machines.  Shuttle have announced just the barebones system for them, the H7, small enough to fit neatly under a flatscreen for media PC duty, but compatible with AMD's latest Phenom AM2+ processors for when grunt is necessary.

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